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You're reading: Obama’s prize, the grueling quest for a legacy

We endured 18 months of character assassination, starting
in the spring of 2011 with 11 Republican wannabe’s. Remember the
Texan gunslinger Governor Rick “Oops” Perry, the Tea
Party’s shrill heroine Michelle Bachman, the pizza king “nine,
nine, nine” Herman Cain?

They at least provided some comedic moments. This year’s
general election slugfest provided none.

We were assailed by some $6 billion of television
advertising by the presidential and congressional candidates who
told us they “approve this message” of evasions, half-truth, and
lies. For the first time maverick anonymous donors entered the
defamation derby, authorized to torment us by the Supreme
Court’s 5-4 ruling in Citizens United in 2010 that you can’t
have free speech without money, and lots of it.

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